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  1. This past June I took my baby to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to give her a look at the amazing items on display. Much to my delight, there was an exhibit of rare Italian violins (and a Viola) which claimed to be one "of the most important collections of bowed Italian stringed instruments ever assembled by a private individual." So I went about photographing each instrument in the collection. Is this in fact one "of the most important collections of bowed Italian stringed instruments ever assembled by a private individual?" I'm interested in your thoughts on the instruments. Do instruments like these ever get played or are they doomed to showcases for eternity? Pardon the quality of the photos, the lighting was very soft and some angles were entirely in the shadows. Are these violins accurately described and attributed? Are they well-known instruments? A few weeks back I made my first thread/post on MN: http://www.maestronet.com/forum/index.php?/topic/329003-took-the-plunge-first-ebay-violin-toughts/. The discussion has evolved way beyond eBay. I understand that the Auction Scroll is probably considered a three ring circus compared to the Pegbox, but if you're willing to wade through the muck, I'd be surprised if even the most expert of MN readers didn't learn some valuable information from reading it. You will probably cringe here and there, but it's guaranteed a grin or two. I am sharing these photos with you guys in thanks to all those on MN who continue to participate in that thread with helpful and sometimes brilliant information and opinion ranging from the undistinguished origins of the OP Violin "the Heidegger" to very distinguished history lessons on issues related to old Viennese master violins and dark varnish, including Jacob Saunders, Martin Swan, Viola D'Amore, Jeffrey Holmes, victordriver, Blank face, etc.... one current discussion involves how corner blocks and the volume of air inside an instrument affect its sound, harmonics, and timbre. You want to know the secret ingredient that made the "black" "Viennese" varnish so dark? What varnish colors were mixed before adding the ingredient? How to distinguish typical Mark/Schoen violins from typical Mittenwalds? Take the plunge.
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